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Summer Events 2015

Best Natural productsseasonal wreathsnew semi-precious stone bracelets

Schedule of Market & Events May -Oct.

Bastion Waterfront Market at Pioneer Plaza in Nanaimo, BC – Fridays 2 – 6 pm.

Lantzville Farmers Market at St. Philip’s by the Sea in Lantzville, BC 1 – 4 pm.

Selkirk & Kokanee Rock & Gem Show in Castlegar, BC Sat. & Sun. June 5 & 6

City of Nanaimo Street Entertainer – painting in specified locations anytime between May – Oct.
(see Eventbrite advertisement).

Canada Day Market at  Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo, BC
Cruise Ship Markets  at Bastion Waterfront Square, Nanaimo, BC

New events added when they are confirmed.

ad for Nanaimo farmers Market artwork sale at Nanaimo Farmers Market

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Posted by on May 30, 2015 in arts and culture


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Schedule of Events – Spring to Summer

Diane paints at Coombs, BC Marine Swap 2014 marine theme at Marine Swap, Coombs, BC 2014 Courtenay Rock and Gem

Here is a list of events so far confirmed. I will add others here during the course of the year along with updates of new outdoor markets.

Festivals, Events,Rock & Gem Shows

Sat. & Sun May 3 & 4
   Courtenay, BC  Rock & Gem Show   Courtenay,
Sat. May 10   Marine Swap Sale,  Coombs, BC
Sat. & Sun June 7 & 8   Kootenay Rock & Gem Show, Castlegar, BC
Tues. July 1 Canada Day Celebration, Penticton, BC (Gyro Park)
Sat .July  12   Christina Lake Homecoming Festival, Christina Lake, BC

Community Markets

Summerland Friday Night Market – July 4 – August 29
Pentiction Downtown Community Market – Saturdays in July, August and possibly Sept.

Art On Site 2014 – Summer Schedule TBA


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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in arts and culture


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Get Stoned Without Drugs or Alcohol




The reason that people turn to drugs and alcohol in their life has the opposite effect of the original intention.  For those frustrated with direction their life is going and/or the wish to escape emotional pain, an addiction has the long-term repercussion of worsening things. This is because a variety of drugs and alcohol are a neurological depressant. The first sensation of feeling tipsy from alcohol or high from drugs tricks the body with a pleasant feeling that results in the craving for more. More and more attempts to recapture a short time of pleasure become the calling card of a destructive addiction.

If you are suffering from an addiction, I urge you to seek help to overcome it. Before addiction gets a chance to ruin your life look for a safe alternative. Here is something that really rocks for me. Quite simply collecting rocks and making jewelry designs with them. I use copper, brass and steel for the settings.

Semi-precious stones are more accessible and affordable than precious ones and have a natural energy. Many people carry semi-precious stones with them to enjoy a positive effect from their touch. I like the effect of these stones close to the heart. That is why I make pendants with stones I find and refine in a tumbler.

Did you know each birth sign of the Zodiac has a number of semi-precious stone associated with it?  . Depending on the region you live in, there are probably a few types of commonly found  semi- precious  stones. In fact, some of them might be in your own backyard or gravel driveway.

Believe it or not, that is the first place I found white quartz, pink quartz, and pyrite. There are also minerals found in vicinities of precious and semi-precious stones. There might be traces of copper,silver and gold. Knowledge of rocks helps.

Here is a list of some semi precious stones and what zodiac signs associate with them.


Garnet, Hematite, Amethyst, Black Onyx, Malachite, Labradorite, Peridot


Turquoise, Amber, Azurite, Amethyst, Moss Agate, Garnet, fluorite


Amethyst, Fine Agate, Garnet, Pink Tourmaline, Tigers Eye


Turquoise, Amethyst, Jade, Rock Crystal,  Bluelace Agate


 Agate, Green Obsidian,Jade, Rutilated Quartz


Rose Quartz, Moss Agate, Rhonodite, Malachite 


Rhonondite, Pink Quartz, Agate 


Onyx, Rock Crystal, Garnet, Fine Agate 


Jade, Moss Agate, Jasper 


Jade, Green Tourmaline, Bloodstone 


Malachite, Agate, Green Tourmaline 


Garnet, Malachite, Smokey Quartz 

There is a lot of overlap of semi precious stones in the Zodiac. Depending on other aspects in a person’s astrology chart, the choice of stones to wear expands. For example, my sun sign is Capricorn, but the many aspects I have in Aquarius allows me to feel comfortable with semi precious stones for both Zodiac signs. (Aspects in Astrology refer to things such as how the planets react  in such things as relationships and work.)

Trust your instinct. If a rock has a good effect upon you, it is probably a good sign regardless of it fitting with your astrological sign. I am still discovering the different qualities of semi-precious stones. And although I offer no guarantee that stones have the same impact on everyone the same. It is worth trying to get stoned without drugs or alcohol!



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